This has been an interesting discussion to follow. I have a few questions in reference to the above statement. The percentage of requeened hives does seem quite low when comparing it only to the "total" number of managed hives. And I think we are talking strictly about "commercially" bred queens, right?
Originally Posted by Jim Fischer
But, do we know how many of the total hives retained their queen for a second year?
What percentage of the total do their own queen breeding in house?
How many of the total hives swarmed and produced new queens without outside commercial replacement by the beekeeper?
** Also, what percentage of the total hives were commercial "packages" replacing the prior years dead outs? Are these queens included in the 434,000?
I don't know, these numbers may be insignificant. But is there an data or reports available to determine exactly how high or low that it may be? It may be laughable.. maybe not.
Last edited by Mike Gillmore; 12-08-2007 at 07:10 AM.
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